Trouble at the Web Standards house

Interesting update on how the W3C are getting on battering down the finer points of web standards. There is some turbulence in the web standards group, and a lot of designers and developers I respect and admire are part of it. Molly Holzschlag’s call to fix problems with the future of markup and Javascript got a lot of the community members together. She has also followed up it with the explicit issues, addressing the working group. There also seems to be discord among the members and contributors of the working group. Jeff Croft brings up the point that none of the W3C team members are working developers. Does this mean that there is a communication gap between the specification makers and the followers?